It's very sad to be leaving Johns Hopkins after my four years here. It took me almost two years to settle in and find great church friends, and now I have to leave them. We'll keep in touch of course, but I will miss them all very much. It is also unfortunate that we all came together in such a weird city as Baltimore, as none of us really want to stay around here for too long after graduation.
I'm excited for what's coming next: a summer of working at home, and then 10+ months in Costa Rica. Afterwards, I'll be starting in Fall of 09 as a graduate student at Stanford. That's the plan as of now, but it may very well change throughout the next year and a half.
I set up this blog so that family and friends can keep track of me through it all, especially during the time when I am in Costa Rica. It will be difficult to make phone calls, and I will have limited ability to respond to personal emails.
For those of you who don't know, I will be volunteering as a teacher in English and Math at the Abraham Project in San Jose. I will be teaching younger children in the daycare center three days a week and will be teaching adults/youth in the evenings. I will also do some construction work, and will maybe get to put my engineering skills to use as the project is planning to put a retractable roof over a soccer field for their community center. I don't know all of the details yet, but I'll post more as soon as I know!